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For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
Charles Bukowski (via kushandwizdom)




1. an official system of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc., as of a church. Synonyms: doctrine, teachings, set of beliefs, philosophy.

2. a specific tenet or doctrine authoritatively laid down, as by a church. Synonyms: tenet, canon, law.

3. prescribed doctrine proclaimed as unquestionably true by a particular group.

4. a settled or established opinion, belief, or principle. Synonyms: conviction, certainty.

5. Slang: a collection of established opinions which are not necessarily factual.

Etymology: Latin, from Greek, opinion, belief, from dokein, to seem, think; see.

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